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rpc.idmapd woes

Bug #87382 bit me: # mount -t nfs4 sheep:/nfs4 /mnt/nfs4
Warning: rpc.idmapd appears not to be running.
All uids will be mapped to the nobody uid
...although rpc.idmapd was running (on the client). Now I have to: /bin/pidof rpc.idmapd > /var/run/rpc.idmapd.pid But the real question is: why does mount(1) bother for pidfiles, rather than checking for functionality?